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by fnord
2021-05-28 09:09am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe: Standing Against Evil (Out-Of-Universe Stories)
Replies: 25
Views: 1933

Re: The 13th Tribe: Standing Against Evil (Out-Of-Universe Stories)

Wouldn't the real trick be integrating the diverse bits and pieces?
by fnord
2021-05-09 10:36pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe: Standing Against Evil (Out-Of-Universe Stories)
Replies: 25
Views: 1933

Re: The 13th Tribe: Standing Against Evil (Out-Of-Universe Stories)

Have to admit, I got a good chuckle at the Dreadnought's captain.
by fnord
2021-01-13 07:06am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Sure it won't be the fun having the Spartans?
by fnord
2020-09-25 04:56am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Nice work.

Couple of questions (possibly arising out of my ignorance of Halo):
- Since when were UNSC sergeants commissioned officers?
- When did it become kosher to verbally demote someone?
by fnord
2020-07-04 05:46am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

This looks to be a case of (at least) two populations divided by a common language.

IME, Australian usage of "battleaxe" in this context tracks closer to UK than US usage.

E_F, fair enough about the timelines not quite meshing up - a bit of uncanny valley there?
by fnord
2020-07-01 02:06pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Worth the wait. Very minor nitpick - IIRC and going by their respective games, Billy Blaze / Commander Keen was BJ's grandson, and Doomguy was the part-tank-part-lawnmower's great-grandson. Whether Doomguy was also Keen's son was never, iirc, addressed. ”I hate to interrupt Captain, but I’ve just he...
by fnord
2020-04-19 09:56am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

I figured as much. I've worked on a couple of things where starship(yard) construction has been the limiting reagent and thus needing to be worked out in some detail.
by fnord
2020-04-18 10:20am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

That sort of arglebargle would be covered under the first-of-kind premium (which could be higher than 40% - I grabbed it from nuclear reactor engineering), assuming the slips were already there, just that they hadn't built anything so damn BIG before. There would have been some gubbins learned from ...
by fnord
2020-04-18 06:46am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

I was confusing the losses of Pegasus and the Excalibat . Between the time dilation fields and Asgard(-designed) beaming kit, I suspect the critical path for a new Lionheart hull is at least 3 times shorter, to an outside observer, than back in the day. You sure it's only economies of scale rather t...
by fnord
2020-04-17 11:14pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

I like the writeup - good to see 13T isn't dead, just resting. What's the comparative expense (both capital and operational) of a Phoenix -class battlewagon compared to a Lionheart ? 2x? You had previously put Nemesis at 5x - presumably that's just the capital expense. Didn't the Excalibat get almos...
by fnord
2020-03-06 08:56pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Spoilsport.
by fnord
2020-03-03 11:40am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

So not the Noun Of Pretentious Adjective , a la the psycho drop bears of Schlock Mercenary infamy? As it was probably obvious, I was taking the piss while trying to get the litotes pitched about right. Maybe Discretion for the third device that (iirc) was being kept back as a deterrent - tact, subtl...
by fnord
2020-03-03 12:35am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Well, there's that NOVA bomb (maybe sarcastically named Tact, since Subtlety was expended already on part of the Covenant fleet), the spinal bang bangs of at least the Warstars, Phoenix, Dreadnought, and, knowing E_F, probably a supercarrier's suicide run into High Charity.
by fnord
2020-02-21 02:19am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

This probably seems like a better place to ask about ship capabilities than the main story thread, so here goes:

How far off-axis can Kobolian vessels, especially the heavies, vector their main engine thrust? Any differences between vectoring in pitch and vectoring in yaw?
by fnord
2020-02-13 09:24am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

Ok, so just treat it as a variant/subclass, much like the RN Daedalus ships (HMS Hell If I Know et al) being refitted into the Hell If I Know subclass?

On some further thought, wouldn't the Legend cruisers also fall under that rubric alongside the Lionhearts and Challengers?
by fnord
2020-02-12 05:11am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)
Replies: 47
Views: 21311

Re: Ships of the 13th Tribe (Ship/Design/Modelling Discussion)

How are you planning to handle classes that have had multiple flights built? For instance, I'm suspecting a Flight III Lionheart is a significantly tougher opponent (more shields, more dakka, nastier fighters with more shields + dakka themselves, etc) than a Flight I specimen. Likewise with the Chal...
by fnord
2020-01-14 08:52pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Wow. And thus the Covenant Very-Uncivil War starts?
by fnord
2020-01-10 07:36pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Thanks for that. From what you've said, it looks like OC Destroyers (Kate Stewart as at First Terra) no longer exists, and neither would its cruiser analogue. I'm not sure if that would be a good idea, especially in light of you saying "recommended by senior officers" - where would the ins...
by fnord
2020-01-09 11:05pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

So do you have a single class of master's ticket, where a newly-minted destroyer driver would be qualified and trained to take over a warstar if things went really south? Or is it split into an escort and a capital-ship class, mirroring the distinction among the vessels themselves? In that two-class...
by fnord
2020-01-08 08:30pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

No, I was talking about the mundane paperwork. Namely, a certification that J. Random Officer is sufficiently skilled and experienced to command $SIZE_RANGE_AND_OR_CLASS_OF_VESSEL in their own right, not as someone else's lieutenant.
by fnord
2020-01-07 07:49pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

What's Kobolian Navy practice on master's ticket holders? Normally just the CO and XO, like most wet navies today?
by fnord
2019-12-26 08:59pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe: The Burning of Picon
Replies: 7
Views: 7119

Re: The 13th Tribe: The Burning of Picon

Fair enough - maybe dial it back to "this Vice-Admiral" ?
by fnord
2019-12-20 06:17am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe: The Burning of Picon
Replies: 7
Views: 7119

Re: The 13th Tribe: The Burning of Picon

It only showed up on a re-read, and is a nit anyway: There were a few silent groans at that announcement, but no one was going to argue with a Vice-Admiral over a change to a shuttle flight plan, especially not this Vice-Admiral going to that ship. There were a few silent groans at that announcement...
by fnord
2019-11-05 08:30pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1018
Views: 333645

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Implacable is a good option, but as much as I love Indefatigable it hits the same issue as using Invincible , namely that whole "blowing up from a single salvo at Jutland" thing. Besides, I can always drop in a mention of a public petition to use the name Thunder Child after a highly-succ...